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Every day, 70 people in Canada will hear the words "you have breast cancer." I heard them myself 6 Nov 2018 when I was diagnosed with invasive lobular carcinoma. For us, this was supposed to be a day of celebration as it marked our 10 years of living in Canada! I cannot begin to describe how devastating hearing those words were for my husband and our two little girls, aged 6 & 9 at the time. Only 1 in 10 women that are diagnosed with breast cancer are diagnosed with this particular type. Lobular Carcinoma is also notoriously difficult to detect using mammography alone. Unbeknownst to me at the time, I also had dense breasts which completely masked my tumour. Dense breast tissue shows up as white on a mammogram as does cancer. Unfortunately, despite presenting with a lump at my mammogram, I was sent an all clear letter. This resulted in a later stage diagnosis. My breast cancer hadn't shown up on any of my annual mammograms despite my tumour measuring 3cms when it was removed! I had a diagnostic mammogram several months later and again it could not be seen. I was given an immediate ultrasound and that is when my cancer was detected and a biopsy performed to confirm it. Thankfully, as of October 2019, women are being informed of their density in Nova Scotia but additional screening, such as ultrasound, is not being offered as a form of early detection. Shockingly this is even if a woman is found to be in the highest density categories as I was. I have been working hard with Dense Breasts Canada to try to get this changed in our province.
I had a bilateral mastectomy 13 Dec 2018, my husband's birthday. Due to my late diagnosis, my pathology results were devastating and revealed cancer had spread to 6 of the 7 lymph nodes that were removed and I was classified as Stage 3! My cancer was treated aggressively with 6 cycles of FEC-D chemotherapy followed by 3 weeks of high intensity radiation, which I finished in July last year. In my case, my breast cancer was estrogen and progesterone positive so I opted for a surgery 3 months later to remove my ovaries and Fallopian tubes and I'm now taking Letrozole daily for up to 10 years! As a result of cancer, I lost both breasts, both ovaries, my lovely long hair and have permanent damage to my veins due to chemotherapy but breasts, scars and hair do not define me. They just make me unique :)
Many people are living longer, healthier lives after a breast cancer diagnosis, but there is still so much work to be done, especially for metastatic breast cancer.
By participating in this year's Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run for the Cure, I'm joining a collective that is a force-for-life in the face of breast cancer. I'm running in honour of the incredible people in my life, the fact that I’m here and able to, for all those that supported me and my little family and to show people that no matter how many times you're knocked down, you should always strive to get back up! I need your help!
Please contribute what you can to help me achieve my fundraising goal. Every dollar makes a difference. Your donation will fund ground-breaking research to help save the lives of more people in Canada and provide support programs for people affected by breast cancer.
Did you know that just $100 could fund two hours of life-saving research in a world class laboratory? Your contribution, no matter how small, could lead to the next breakthrough!
Together, we can change the future of breast cancer.
Thanks in advance for your support!
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